Tim Story to direct Marvel's Fantastic Four

After the success of The Hulk last year, Marvel Enterprises is working at bringing the next lot of Marvel comic heroes to celluloid screen next year.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  April 7, 2004

After the success of The Hulk last year, Marvel Enterprises is working at bringing the next lot of Marvel comic heroes to celluloid screen next year. Tim Story has been chosen to direct a movie based on Marvel comic book heroes "Fantastic Four". The project, which has been undertaken with Twentieth Century Fox film studio, will begin in August and is scheduled to debut in July 2005, a Marvel spokesperson said. Tim Story is popularly known for the low-budget hit Barbershop. His next release is the English-language remake of Taxi, starring Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon. "The appointment of a director has been much awaited… we believe [this] will enhance confidence in the 2005 lineup by allaying concerns regarding Marvel's ability to grow earnings in 2005 versus 2004," Southwest Securities financial analyst Arvind Bhatia wrote in a research report. This summer, Marvel’s "Spider-Man 2" movie will be released by Columbia Pictures. The "Fantastic Four" -- Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, The Thing and Human Torch -- are one of the comics' most popular groups of superheroes. But unlike Spider-Man, who is a crime fighter, these four are adventurers and space explorers in contact with alien races.

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